After undergoing a knee surgery before the season began, Marcus Lee made his Sioux Falls Skyforce debut against the Santa Cruz Warriors on January 22 this season and continued to work his way back to full strength as the season went on. Though Lee’s minutes were limited, and he was thrown into the fire after months of recovery, he logged an efficient 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in his 19 games played this season.
Lee scored most of his points either in the paint or at the free throw line this season, shooting a team-best 73.3 percent from the field on the year. Though his 90 attempts on the season weren’t enough to qualify him for the Skyforce franchise top 10 list (min. 500 attempts), Lee’s 73.3 percent from the field is the highest shooting percentage in franchise history for any player who has attempted more than 40 field goals in his career.
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) March 18, 2019
A full breakdown of Lee’s debut season is below.
2018-19 Season Quick Hits:
Scored 10+ points on five occasions.
Recorded 10+ rebounds on three occasions.
Recorded 15+ rebounds on one occasion.
Led team in rebounding on four occasions.
Led team in +/- on two occasions.
Shot a team-high 73.3 percent from the field.
Recorded at least one block on 10 occasions.
Recorded at least two blocks on four occasions.
Played 20+ minutes on 10 occasions.
2018-19 Season/Career Highs:
Points: 18, at Memphis 3/11/19
Rebounds: 16, vs. Oklahoma City 2/3/19
Assists: 4, vs. Grand Rapids 3/1/19
Steals: 4, vs. Grand Rapids 3/1/19
Blocks: 3, vs. Santa Cruz 1/22/19
Field Goals Made: 8, at Texas 2/1/19
Free Throws Made: 6, at Memphis 3/11/19
Minutes Played: 36:43, at Texas 3/1/19
In addition to his play on the court, Lee invested a lot of his time into the community of Sioux Falls. Lee readily got involved in promoting fundraising and awareness for some of Sioux Falls’ local children’s programs.
🔊⤵️ We are teaming up with Compassion Child Care of Sioux Falls to help raise funds for high-quality, affordable child care!
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) November 20, 2018
Lee also joined Celebrate Community Church for some carpool karaoke, and invested in their congregation by attending services on most Sundays. Finally, he spent time hanging out with and mentoring students in both Sioux Falls elementary school programs as well as the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire.